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Word of the day for July 1
incessantly adv
  1. In a manner without pause or stop, especially to the point of annoyance; not ceasing.

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Word of the day for July 2
avatar n
  1. (Hinduism) The incarnation of a deity, particularly Vishnu.
  2. The physical embodiment of an idea or concept; a personification.
  3. A digital representation or handle of a person or being.

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Word of the day for July 3
wishy-washy adj
  1. Wavering; lacking in commitment, certainty, or support.
  2. Thin or watery.

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Word of the day for July 4
pyrotechnics n
  1. The art and technology of fireworks and related military applications.
  2. A display of fireworks.
  3. (figuratively) An impressive display.

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Word of the day for July 5
menagerie n
  1. A collection of live wild animals on exhibition.
  2. A diverse or miscellaneous group.

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Word of the day for July 6
stellify v
  1. (mythology) To transform from an earthly body into a celestial body; to place in the sky as such.
  2. (astronomy) To turn into a star.

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Word of the day for July 7
bursiform adj
  1. Shaped like a purse or bag.

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Word of the day for July 8
figment n
  1. A fabrication, fantasy, invention; something fictitious.

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Word of the day for July 9
coagulate v
  1. To congeal; to convert from a liquid to a semisolid mass.

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Word of the day for July 10
ocularly adv
  1. By means of the eye; visually.
  2. Into or towards the eye.

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Word of the day for July 11
profligate adj
  1. Inclined to waste resources or behave extravagantly.
  2. Immoral; abandoned to vice.

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Word of the day for July 12
euphoria n
  1. An excited state of joy, a good feeling, a state of intense happiness.

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Word of the day for July 13
divest v
  1. (archaic) To remove all of one's clothing; to strip.
  2. To strip, deprive, or dispossess oneself of something (such as a right, passion, privilege, or prejudice).

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Word of the day for July 14
libretto n
  1. The text of a dramatic musical work, such as an opera.
  2. A book containing such a text.

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Word of the day for July 15
tractable adj
  1. (obsolete) Capable of being handled or touched; palpable.
  2. Capable of being easily led, taught, or managed; docile, manageable.

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Word of the day for July 16
amygdala n
  1. The region of the brain believed to play a key role in the emotions, such as fear and pleasure.

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Word of the day for July 17
selenology n
  1. The scientific study of the Moon.

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Word of the day for July 18
insipid adj
  1. Unappetizingly flavorless.
  2. Flat; lacking character or definition.
  3. Cloyingly sweet or sentimental.

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Word of the day for July 19
oftentimes adv
  1. Frequently.
  2. Repeatedly.

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Word of the day for July 20
vitiate v
  1. To spoil, make faulty; to reduce the value, quality, or effectiveness of something.
  2. To debase or morally corrupt.
  3. (archaic) To violate, to rape.

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Word of the day for July 21
cacuminous adj
  1. (rare) Having a pyramidal top.

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Word of the day for July 22
spasmodic adj
  1. Of or relating to a spasm; resembling a sudden contraction of the muscles.
  2. Convulsive; consisting of spasms.
  3. Intermittent or fitful; occurring in abrupt bursts.
  4. Erratic or unsustained.

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Word of the day for July 23
cwm n
  1. A valley head created through glacial erosion and with a shape similar to an amphitheatre.

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Word of the day for July 24
obrogate v
  1. (law, rare) To annul a law by enacting a new law, as opposed to repealing the former law.

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Word of the day for July 25
dilettante n
  1. An amateur, someone who dabbles in a field out of casual interest rather than as a profession or serious interest.

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Word of the day for July 26
irrefutable adj
  1. Undeniable; unable to be disproved or refuted.

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Word of the day for July 27
yellow-bellied adj
  1. Pertaining to an animal or reptile that has a yellow underside or belly.
  2. (figuratively) Uncourageous, cowardly.

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Word of the day for July 28
bait and switch n
  1. An unscrupulous and sometimes illegal sales technique, in which an inexpensive product is advertised to attract prospective customers who are then told by sales personnel that the inexpensive product is unavailable or of poor quality and are instead urged to buy a more expensive product.
  2. (by extension) Any similar deceptive behavior, especially in politics or in romantic relationships.

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Word of the day for July 29
spurn v
  1. To reject disdainfully; to contemn, scorn.

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Word of the day for July 30
nief n
  1. A serf or bondsman born into servitude.
  2. A fist.

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Word of the day for July 31
trimester n
  1. A period of three months or about three months.
  2. One term of an academic year in those learning institutions that divide their teaching into three roughly equal terms.

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